As per most(?) music-interested-fools like myself, I am easily persuaded to give things a go based on high numerical values. Such as, an over-8 score by Pitchfork Media. Especially when they're for an artist I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF (for extra cred points). The whole situation is pretty embarassing and/or ridiculous BUT OCCASIONALLY it leads to some winner finds!
"hi2u i am m dear, funky brothas and sistas!!!!1 ---HAIR GEL---"
Matthew Dear's album BLACK CITY (pronounced "sittayyyyy!") is some hella fresh shit y'all. I listened to it, and then sent a text to my disinterested housemate saying "Matthew Dear's new album has some of the freshest tracks of 2010!" or something along those lines. He replied with a text about chill teenwave or something along those lines. Clearly much pisstaking was to be had.
So anyway the songs are pretty funky. I am reminded of YACHT's last album and David Bowie's Low, and then in the song "soil to seed" he sings what sounds like "I like to copy worn copy," which made me think of ARIEL PINK. Also, sometimes the falsetto backup parts are kind of Liars-esque. It's a HOT MESS of sound, you might say.
"salutations. i am ariel pink. jus hangin' in the graveyard with no shirt on. contrary to popular opinion my best album is "the doldrums" and not that "before today" shit. did you not listen to the song among dreams? good kids make bad grownups? for kate i wait? the one about a pilot? THAT'S RIGHT, TAKE BEFORE TODAY BACK AND JUS LISTEN TO THE DOLDRUMS"
A SUMMARY OF ARIEL PINK: What the fuck.
Back to M Dear. My favourite songs are the ones that have the most ridiculous lyrics/all of them.
Examples of ridiculous lyrics from this album:
"Love me like a clown" - Black City
"I, I'm a monkey" - Monkey
"Babababababa" - Slowdance
"Big black (car/dancefloor/ship/everything in this song is described as big and black)" - You Put a Smell On Me.
Finally, the last song made me feel the blues a lil' so you know there is at least some emotional resonance at work here as well.
GREAT JOB, MATTHEW DEAR
Bad, early 00's Paintshop Pro album cover aside, Matthew Dear - Black City scores
9 LUKES OUT OF TEN
That's pretty good yo